In Exodus, God hands down the Ten Commandments. The second commandment forbids any graven images. Later in the same book, God tells Moses how the tabernacle is to be built and decorated — and all those chapters seem to instruct … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Idolatry and Contrasting Points of View
It has been announced: The Donald isn’t going to show up for the January 28 Republican debate because he doesn’t like Megyn Kelly and her, “I’m going to keep you accountable for your sexist remarks” questions. Trump’s got money and … Continue reading “Trumpian” or Christian?
All our needs were met. Instructions were clear and signage was excellent. Gracious and competent attendants directed us through the gargantuan parking lot, waving us into a convenient spot. Greeters kindly showed us to waiting areas as the previous attendees … Continue reading You Choose: Was This a Worship Experience or Was It . . . ?
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have a question about praying in public and the scripture verse from Matthew 6:5. There is a man that dresses in a bright neon yellow robe at night. I’ve seen him in the daytime in a … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Public Hypocrites and The Way of Jesus
I’m telling you: this may be the most brilliant analysis of Donald Trump’s campaign ever. Wish I had been smart enough to write it. I encourage you to read it, but below are the particularly salient sentences: “Trump will soon reveal … Continue reading A Possible Take on Donald Trump and Our Seriously Putrid Underbelly
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been wondering what it is about the Islamic religion that justifies the actions taken against innocent civilians? Certainly people have been making war on each other for as long as we have been called Human … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Theology Matters, Especially ISIS Theology
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: One thing is abundantly clear as I read my newsfeed on social media and the 24-hour news cycle: Much of the world is in fear. When I think about fear in the Bible, I mostly recall angels … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Fear-based Lives and Health Care Disasters
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: How can “the church” as an institution address or correct social/economic injustices based on race both within the church and in society? How can the church itself restructure to ensure “power sharing” among people of different ethnic … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Justice Issues and Heaven for Pets
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Is it possible to force a person into rehab? My mom confronted my sister about her drug problem again. Of course my sister continues to deny it even though we all know she is lying. She has … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Forced Rehab and Misplaced Forgiveness
A mass resignation of members from the Mormon church is expected to happen Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, over the newly seen rules that essentially ban children of same-sex parents from participating in any Mormon rites of passages until such children … Continue reading Exodus and Secrecy: Mormons Now, UMC’s Later?